A growing number of urgent and primary care clinics have been opening across my area. The reasons are simple:
1. Closer to home and ease of use.
2. Extra services and follow-up care.
3. Hospital emergency rooms across the city are under tremendous pressure.
4. The importance of the ‘personal touch.
For the most part, primary and urgent care clinics tend to handle Routine/Primary Care Physicals, Acute/Chronic Illnesses, Urgent Care/Injuries Laboratory Services, Disease Management, Patient Education, Primary Care which also includes Preventative Care, Wellness, Well-Woman Care, Gynecological Exams, Pap Smears, Minor Surgical Procedures and Vaccinations/Immunizations to name a few. Typically, these services allow patients to walk-in or schedule appointments before or after the normal work day, resulting in improved patient convenience as well as more optimal patient flow. Most clinics work with all major insurance companies for billing approval. For those patients that do not have insurance, affordable rates can usually be worked out with the clinic. Some clinics even offer on-site concierge medical services, weight loss management, thyroid therapy and testosterone therapy. Clinics that are close to people’s homes make it easy for follow-up care, especially if the patient is undergoing a treatment that requires regular visits.Click http://besturgentcarenear.me website for more details.
In addition to benefits realized by patients, physicians and physician’s assistants recognize advantages of extended primary care offerings, such as reduced pressure on emergency room services and diversion of non-critical patients. An increasing trend in the number of urgent care and retail clinics exists over the past few years and is likely to continue because of the influx of newly insured patients seeking primary care services as a result of health reform.
Private urgent and primary care clinics across my area offer the personal touch that is often missed when having to go to the emergency room of a hospital. Scheduling an appointment at a clinic often means that a patient is in and out of the office in less than thirty minutes. Walk-in clinics also afford the patient the opportunity to see a physician or a physician’s assistant in a much more timely manner than at any emergency room in the country. Doctors who run these clinics understand why patients choose them over any hospital. The ‘personal touch’ often goes as far as to offer patients on-site concierge medical services, 24/7 phone and email access and a promise of same-day or next-day availability.
Currently there are about 9,000 urgent care centers across the United States, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. The reasons stated in this article for their continued growth are evident, but as insurers start paying providers to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, urgent and primary care centers will increasingly serve as an inexpensive and convenient alternative to emergency rooms or physician’s offices.